Jon and I had to do some shopping this past Saturday, so we headed to the local mall. It was a rainy day, so there wasn’t much else to do. Unfortunately, everyone else had exactly the same idea.
You forget about back-to-school time. Of course we always bought new clothes and school supplies, but you forget how big of a deal it really is. It trumps all other holidays and events except for Christmas, when it comes to retail dollars spent. And it’s even crazier than Christmas, because the whole process is guided by irritable children, who really don’t want to be there because it means that their vacation is ending.
Anyway, we were in and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s all just too much, for those of us who have no children. If I had witnessed one more extravagant brand-name purchase by a 10-year-old, or one more screaming match in the middle of a store, that would have been it for me, I think.